New Name, New Look!

Behind the scenes, we’ve been doing some plotting and planning to change and improve our site. We’re starting this week to roll out our changes so we ask for your patience while we settle into a new theme and a new name: Dósis: medical humanities + social justice.
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New Editor for Medical Humanities

The Daily Dose is delighted to announce that our founder, Brandy Schillace PhD, is the new editor of Medical Humanities!

Dr Schillace is Senior Research Associate and Public Engagement Fellow for the Dittrick Museum of Medical History, College of Arts and Sciences, at Case Western Reserve University, US. For ten years, she managed the medical anthropology journal, Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, and edited its first medical humanities special issue. Her recent books include the co-edited collection UNNATURAL REPRODUCTIONS, on “monstrous” birth across time and genre (Cambria), DEATH’S SUMMER COAT, exploring cultural approaches to death and dying (E&T UK, Pegasus US), and CLOCKWORK FUTURES, a social history of technology and the “steampunk” aesthetics of invention (Pegasus, US). An accomplished medical humanities scholar, speaker and author, she continues to serve as chief editor of the medical humanities and review blog MedHum | DailyDose along with this new role and her work in museums. Dr Schillace will take over as editor from Deborah Bowman from 1 July 2017.

We as a staff are excited to share this release with BMJ Blogs Medical Humanities–which offers, with the print journal, an inclusive space for discussing the arts and humanities as they relate to health and illness. Anna McFarlane, an affiliate of the Medical Humanities Research Centre at the University of Glasgow, recently accepted the role of BMJ Medical Humanities blog curator. Medical Humanities is an official journal of the Institute of Medical Ethics that reflects the whole field of medical humanities. It features articles on various aspects of the delivery of healthcare and the formulation of public health policy.  

Dr Brandy Schillace says: “I am passionate about the intersections of medicine and humanities, and have always been impressed by the BMJ family of journals’ combination of clinical relevance and intellectual curiosity. I am excited to lead the journal and build on the accomplishments of the outgoing editor Deborah Bowman in this important and evolving area.”   

Dr Wing May Kong, Chair of Trustees, IME, says :”The Institute of Medical Ethics is delighted to welcome Dr Brandy Schillace as the new Editor-in-Chief for Medical Humanities. We see medical humanities as an exciting and hugely important academic discipline and look forward to watching MH continue to grow and flourish under Brandy’s leadership whilst building on the excellent work done by her predecessor, Professor Deborah Bowman.”

Allison Lang, Publishing Director at BMJ, says: “We are delighted to appoint Dr Brandy Schillace, a well respected medical humanities scholar, who shares our vision for advancing the academic and international reputation of the journal, and increasing its relevance to healthcare professionals and others.  Brandy also brings a wealth of media experience and we look forward to working with her to bring rich and stimulating content to the journal.”

For further information, please contact BMJ’s media relations team:

mediarelations@bmj.com / +44 (0)20 7383 6529 / +44 (0)20 7383 6920

About the journal

Medical Humanities is a leading international journal that reflects the whole field of medical humanities. It features articles on the delivery of healthcare and the formulation of public health policy relevant to healthcare professionals, humanities and arts scholars, social scientists and policy-makers, medical educators, and patients. It is one of the 60 specialist journals published by BMJ. For more information, visit: mh.bmj.com

About BMJ

BMJ is a healthcare knowledge provider that aims to advance healthcare worldwide by sharing knowledge and expertise to improve experiences, outcomes and value. For a full list of BMJ products and services, please visit bmj.com/company

About The Institute of Medical Ethics

The Institute of Medical Ethics (IME) is a charitable organisation dedicated to improving education and debate in medical ethics. Our mission is “promoting and supporting the impartial study and understanding of medical ethics and its integration into clinical practice through education, research, and publication”. We are currently involved in organising conferences, providing grants to students interested in medical ethics and in a project to support and develop medical ethics and law teaching in UK medical schools.

Medical Humanities Posts Open!

unnamedNEWS AND NOTES: Positions open for the Medical Humanities journal (BMJ). Medical Humanities launched in 2000 and has since become a leading international journal that reflects the whole field of medical humanities.

Publishing original research, case studies, review essays and more; the journal aspires to encourage a high academic standard for this evolving and developing subject. The journal has recently broadened its scope by publishing an additional two guest edited Themed Editions a year focusing on key conversations in the field. Recent issues have included ‘Critical Medical Humanities’ and ‘Science Fiction and Medical Humanities’. Medical Humanities also offers an interactive blog with film, poetry and book reviews and regular updates on @MedHums_BMJ further contributing to the latest debate and dialogue.

The journal is currently seeking to fill two positions:

1.Editor-in-Chief Medical Humanities

Position: EIC

The Institute of Medical Ethics and BMJ are looking for the next Editor-in-Chief who can continue to shape Medical Humanities into a dynamic resource for a rapidly evolving field. Candidates should be active in the field, keen to facilitate international perspectives and maintain an awareness of trends and hot topics. The successful candidate will act as an ambassador for the journal supporting both pioneering authors and academics publishing their first papers. The candidate will also actively promote and strengthen the journal whilst upholding the highest ethical standards of professional practice. International and joint applications are welcomed. Interviews will be held on 24th March 2017. Term of office is 5 years; the role will take 12-15 hours a week. Contact Kelly Horwood (khorwood@bmj.com) for more information and to apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and your vision for future development of the journal. Application deadline: 24th February 2017. Start date: June 2017

2. Blog Curator and Books Editor at Medical Humanities.

Position: Blog Curator/Books Editor

It is a single, combined role as all book reviews are published on the Blog. The role involves: Commissioning and editing content, including reviews, for the Medical Humanities Blog; maintaining the Medical Humanities Blog and updating it regularly (currently on a weekly schedule, but this could be flexible within reason); liaising with publishers to receive new titles and organise reviews of relevant books for the Blog; contributing to the editorial team (comprising the editor-in-chief, associate editors and BMJ Publishing staff) that leads and manages both the journal and Blog, including attending the annual editorial team meeting; curating the content of the Blog to reflect the journal’s identity, priorities and interests; working with social media platforms to provide a coherent online presence for Medical Humanities. The role is flexible and can be adapted according to the successful applicant’s interests and availability. On average, the role takes approximately 4-6 hours per week. If you are interested in the role, you are welcome to contact the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Deborah Bowman, for an informal and confidential discussion. Her email address is dbowman@sgul.ac.uk.